Refugee & Humanitarian Visas

Refugee & Humanitarian Visas

There are five different subclasses of the Refugee and humanitarian (Class XB) visa available in Australia visa system.

Refugee visa (Subclass 200)

This visa is for those who are subject to persecution in their home country. They are in need of resettlement and are mainly identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). They would be referred to the Australian government by the UNHCR.

Global special humanitarian programme visa (Subclass 202)

The SHP visa is designed for people who may not be a refugee but are subject to substantial discrimination and human rights abuses in their home country. Those who wish to be considered for a SHP visa must be proposed for entry by an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an organisation operating in Australia.

Woman at risk visa (Subclass 204)

Female applicants, and their dependents, who are subject to persecution supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), may apply for this visa. They are living outside their home country without the protection of a male relative and may face danger of a kind related to their gender. The majority of applicants will be referred to the Australian Government by the UNHCR.